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Vladimir Putin's formative German years

<b>Anyone who wants to understand Vladimir Putin today needs to know the story of what happened to him on a dramatic night in East Germany a quarter of a century ago.</b><p>It is 5 December 1989 in Dresden, a few weeks after the Berlin Wall has fallen. East German communism is dying on its feet, people power …

The men who uncovered Assyria

<b>Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a</b> …

Archaeology

The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people

The first clue that things are done very differently on Bastoy prison island, which lies a couple of miles off the coast in the Oslo fjord, 46 miles south-east of Norway's capital, comes shortly after I board the prison ferry. I'm taken aback slightly when the ferry operative who welcomed me aboard …

5 Eerily Specific Things Every Human Does Exactly the Same

We don't think we're exaggerating when we say that if the entire world stopped focusing on its differences for like five minutes, you'd probably be …

Iran nuclear talks: Rouhani warns time running out

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1111000/1111576_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532488724_af58e55848d5404d6f813096afd959d7<p><b>Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that time is running out for negotiating a permanent agreement on his country's nuclear programme.</b><p>He said …

South Asia

Release of three Americans in N Korea a 'top priority'

<b>The White House has said securing the release of three American citizens detained in North Korea is a "top priority" and it is doing all it can.</b><p>The statement was made in response to a televised appeal by the Americans asking for help from the US government.<p>Kenneth Bae, 46, has been held in North …

North Korea

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Archaeologists Discover Two Long Lost Ancient Maya Cities in Jungle of Mexico

In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, …

Genetic clues to spread of Ebola

<b>Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.</b><p>Genetic analysis of patient samples suggests the virus spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone at a single funeral.<p>The virus is mutating and must be contained rapidly, warn African and US …

Disease

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas before Europeans'

<b>The long-held idea that Europeans were the first to bring tuberculosis to the Americas when they arrived in the 15th Century has been thrown into doubt.</b><p>Instead, a study suggests that the deadly disease was present in the area hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus made landfall.<p>Genetic tests …

Anthropology

Rosetta's 10-billion-tonne comet

<b>The comet being followed by Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has a mass of roughly 10 billion tonnes.</b><p>The number has been calculated by monitoring the gravitational tug the 4km-wide "ice mountain" exerts on the probe.<p>Ten billion tonnes sounds a lot, but it means Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has quite …

Curiosity Mars rover's drill test cut short

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars has had its drill out again.</b><p>The robot turned the tool in a flat slab of rock dubbed "Bonanza King", but it looks as though the operation failed to complete as planned.<p>Engineers are now examining the possibility that Bonanza King moved as the drill pushed down.<p>They …

Mars Rover

Hints of elusive early stars found

<b>Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.</b><p>Theoretical models predict that some of the very first stars were hundreds of times larger than the Sun.<p>But no clear evidence of this had been found so far.<p>Scientists writing in the journal Science have discovered …

Universe

Inside the Beslan School Siege, 10 Years On

School No.1 in Beslan, Russia, days after the siege. Drawings in this project are from survivors, and have been integrat<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Diana Markosian<p>1 …

New Zealand fishing boat hauls in plane with body

Small plane with a body inside discovered by San Kawhai boat while trawling for fish near Auckland<p>The crew aboard a New Zealand fishing boat on Thursday hauled up a surprising and gruesome catch: a small plane with a body inside.<p>Authorities suspect the plane is a 19-foot aerobatic biplane that was …

Russia's Putin issues retaliatory import ban

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named a new target as global sparring over Ukraine grows: food.<p>In a decree signed Wednesday, Putin banned food and agricultural imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against his country.<p>The retaliatory move comes more than a week after the United …

World Leaders Are Furious With Russia Over MH17 Crash

Rescue efforts were in disarray as armed gunmen in fatigues and balaclavas refused to allow international monitors full access and the grisly remains of some of the 298 passengers killed have yet to be removed.<p>Ukraine has warned that the rebels, who Kiev and the US have accused of blowing the plane …

This week in bitcoin: VC investment is up and shows no signs of stopping after Xapo

After a brief hiatus, this week’s bitcoin review takes a look at the increasing VC interest in bitcoin.<p>Venture Capital investment is up 28 percent …

$10,000 Is On Offer For Anyone Who Can Hack A Tesla Car

Security experts will be competing to hack a car for a $10,000 prize next week. It’s no ordinary car, though. It’s a Tesla Model S, the famous electric supercar brought to life by Elon Musk and his whizz-kid mechanics. And this might just be the first ever open competition to hack a car.<p>Anyone who …

General Electric wants to clean up oil sands, CEO Jeff Immelt says

General Electric Co. chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt said Canada's energy industry needs to make the crude wrung from the Alberta oil sands competitive with other sources around the world in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, and is positioning the industrial conglomerate to play a …

Pizza Express sells for £900m to Chinese investment group

Pizza Express has been bought for £900m by a Chinese firm which plans to roll out the British restaurant chain in the world's most populous country.<p>Hony Capital won an auction process ahead of Citic, another Chinese investment group, and four other private equity firms in what is the biggest …

Murderer turned stock picker is ‘Oracle of San Quentin’

Every day, Curtis Carroll dons blue, state-issue jail garb. Every night, he sleeps in a cement cell. At 35, he has spent his entire adulthood behind …

Investing

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

A drive through the sticky Florida heat into Alton Road in Miami Beach can be an unexpectedly awkward business. Most of the boulevard, which runs north through the heart of the resort's most opulent palm-fringed real estate, has been reduced to a single lane that is hemmed in by bollards, …

Larry Page's Plan To Deal With All The Jobs That Are Getting Wiped Out By Technology

Google CEO Larry Page was asked how society should deal with unemployment that may arise from technological advances.<p>His answer is surprisingly French. He says companies should consider hiring two part-time workers to do one full-time job. This way more people are employed, which is better for …

Top 10 U.S. Family Beaches

These kid-friendly strands offer gentle surf, nearby amenities, and fun for all ages.<p><b>Coast Guard Beach - Eastham, Massachusetts</b><br>For the classic Cape Cod vacation, head to Coast Guard Beach, boundless miles of sand and surf on the Cape Cod National Seashore. Stop at the Salt Pond Visitor Center to …

Pictures of the Week 7.3.14

This giant robot is designed to let you juggle cars (for real)

Ex-NASA engineer has a dream to let anyone control a robot that throws VW Beetles into the air<p>Science fiction is filled with giant robots that people can control like extensions of their own bodies. Dan Granett wants to build one for real, as <i>Gizmodo</i> originally reported. Granett, a former technician …

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about …

Why would Syria bomb Iraq? Your questions answered

Syrian warplanes reportedly targeted Iraq this week. Scores of civilians were killed at markets and gas stations in Anbar province Tuesday, local leaders told CNN.<p>A militant group called ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has been pushing into Iraq, shaking the country, its leadership and, …